The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremateng, has responded to “disturbing headlines and discussions in the media”, in respect of comments made by Mr. Hopeson Adorye, after a peaceful health walk organised by the party’s sympathizers in Kumasi on August 13, 2022.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mr Kyeremateng said he understood, with great concern, the unintended consequences the comments had generated and strong reactions from different sections of the Ghanaian public.
This, he said, had the potential of creating divisions within the rank and file of the party, at a crucial time in its history.
“The New Patriotic Party has always stood for unity, peace and progress for every Ghanaian. Without a doubt, these are the very same virtues that I have worked tirelessly to uphold, in my years of service to Ghana and to the NPP.
“It is a fact that the peaceful health walk was independently organised, and joined by thousands of well-meaning Ghanaian citizens across Kumasi, to express their passion for the NPP, in addition to their genuine support for what I have come to represent in the Party, through years of dedicated service,” portions of the statement read.
Appreciating the support, he also cautioned against any acts or omissions of any individuals or groups of individuals that may disturb the peace and harmony in the party.
He urged the rank and file of the party to fight against using misinformation and propaganda in instigating disunity along ethnic, religious and political lines.
The NPP Presidential hopeful said it was impossible or inappropriate to diminish or distort the fundamental contributions and stature of any of the founding fathers of the NPP tradition, and encouraged party faithfuls to safeguarding the gains.
“Indeed, it is the dedicated service of all the celebrated as well as unsung heroes and heroines of our great Party, that has, and continues to give life to the NPP, till this day. To borrow a leaf from the school ode of my Alma mater, Adisadel College, “Others have laboured, and we share their glory. Ours is to do exploits and add to their gain. Those who come after will take up our story,” he quoted.
To this end, he admonished party faithfuls to be vigilant and consistent in protecting this cherished unity that had made the party a beacon of hope to the people of Ghana, over the past 30 years.
“Let us all pull together, and focus on the task of emerging victorious, in the challenging times we are faced with today as a country. I stand for Unity! Long live the NPP and long live Ghana!,” he concluded.